Union Services undergoes renovation
Published: Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Updated: Friday, May 17, 2013 13:05
Union Services has renamed some of its most popular events, but it still offers movies, free music and a collection of artwork.
Cinema Novo has been renamed Get Reel and Wednesday Music Café is now High Noon Music Series. The Union Gallery remains the same.
Erika Anchondo, event services coordinator at Union Services, said that while the name has changed the mission remains the same.
“We finalized our lineup. We have 10 movies this fall semester,” Anchondo said. “We’re trying to do a variety for our students this semester so they get both the fun, family-friendly movies and some of the educational component as well.”
When it came to the rebranding, Anchondo said that the programs were getting a bit outdated.
“All of our programs have been around for quite a while, so they were great programs, they were just outdated,” Anchondo said. “Our students didn’t want to see the old logos… so we decided to do new name changes, new marketing for them (and) new logos to kind of really fit the generation that we’re targeting.”
Ana Fernanda Acosta, freshman health promotion major, loved the experience of getting to see the newly revamped Get Reel during orientation.
“I loved the experience of it and being able to be with my friends as if it was just a huge hang out or movie night,” Acosta said. “I think it makes a bond between students and especially helps new students get adjusted to the new UTEP life.”
Some of the films being shown include “The Avengers” Sept. 6-7, the documentary “Bully” Oct. 11-12 and Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” Oct. 25-26.
According to Anchondo, films will remain $1 for students and $2 for the general public. The $5 movie combo, which includes a hot dog, a small coke and popcorn, will still be available.
As part of their welcome back event, the High Noon Music Series will start the fall semester with a deejay on Sept. 26.
“We don’t want to take away from the live music aspect, cause students really enjoy it, but we want them to get a little more out of it,” Anchondo said. “So that’s why we’re partnering with a couple of different activities, either with a deejay or Zumba.”
Acosta, who also attends the Union music events, said she is looking forward to the High Noon Music Series.
“I think High Noon would be amazing. I love listening to music and it would be as if going to a concert at the Union. Also, I feel like a variety of music is needed,” Acosta said.
Students like senior accounting major Mariana Candelario also enjoy visiting the exhibits at the Union Gallery.
“To Wednesday Music Café I’ve only been once,” Candelario said. “But to the Union Gallery I go all the time and I love going there.”
The newly expanded and redecorated Union Gallery will remain free.
“(We’ll be) trying to focus on students, faculty, staff and alumni first, and then the community,” Anchondo said.
The Union Gallery is open every weekday and offers its entertainment year-round, Anchondo said.
“I think more students should go because they would notice the local talent that we have,” Candelario said. “I think that if they knew how easy and cheap it is to go to these events, they would find a source of entertainment that I don’t think they would have noticed their school supplied.”
For more information on the events Union Services hosts, call 747-5711.
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